The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S UFC+IFBB PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP + IFBB PRO CARD REPORT: MR. OLYMPIA RONNIE COLEMAN, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC CHAMP FLEX WHEELER, IFBB PRO BRANDON CURRY, IFBB PRO FLEX LEWIS, IFBB PRO FRED SMALLS, MMA FIGHTER RANDY COUTURE, PLUS NPC USA BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS CROWNS CODY MONTGOMERY AND MORE NEW IFBB PRO LEAGUE ATHLETESThe Item:
Career Updates, Special Appearances, Legends Update, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup, UFC Pro Athletes Roundup, WSM Pro Athletes Roundup, Contest Preparation, Contest Results, New IFBB Pro League CardsThe Scoop:
Recently Reported: IFBB Pro League athletes and pros from other sports leagues had career updates or made recent guest appearances at various sports, bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. The latest "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" Pro Athletes Roundup includes a new pro in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness, a decorated, retired pro mixed martial artist from the Ultimate Fighting Championships and active pro strongman in the World's Strongest Man contests.The "So What?":
Over the weekend, new IFBB Pro Cody Montgomery won the Heavyweight Class and the Overall title of Mr. USA at the NPC USA Bodybuilding Championships in Las Vegas. A total of 53 IFBB Pro cards were awarded across the various Men's and Women's Divisions, granting professional status and the opportunity to enter IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contests that qualify competitors for Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (a.k.a. the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding"). Also spotted at the event in Nevada: 4-time Arnold Classic Champion IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler, Ms. Figure Olympia IFBB Pro Nicole Wilkins, IFBB Pro Luis Santa, and IFBB Pro Grigori Atoyan.
ISHOF International Sports Hall of Fame inductee, UFC Hall of Famer, and 6-time MMA World Champion Randy Couture, World's Strongest Man competitor Robert Oberst, and 3-time Olympia 212 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Flex Lewis made appearances at the Vancouver Pro/Am Bodybuilding Championships and Expo in Canada (won by IFBB Pro Fouad Abiad). IFBB Pro Brandon Curry (winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's 2013 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil) guest-posed at the Rocket City Bodybuilding Classic Championships in Decatur, Alabama. IFBB Pro Fred Smalls guest-posed at the CJBBF Central Japan Bodybuilding Championships, about which he posted, "I wanna thank the U.S. Armed Forces for this amazing opportunity to go and entertain our troops in Japan." (Japan is the home country of IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi. IFBB Pro Andy Haman was the guest at last year's CJBBF contest.)
Legendary 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman had been scheduled to guest-pose at the NPC Sooner Classic Championships in Edmond, Oklahoma, but he underwent back surgery about two weeks ago and is still recovering. Determined to make his upcoming appearance at a sports-nutrition shop in Jackson Heights, New York (August 8), Coleman posted: "I may be in a little pain but I'm still dedicated to my fans."Andrew Oye's Verdict:
Building toward this most recent victory, Cody Montgomery had been toiling away as a teen-level amateur competitor in the National Physique Committee. He racked up quite a resume, winning the 2010 NPC Dallas Supershow Teen Class, the 2012 NPC Teen Nationals Light-Heavyweight and Overall; 2013 NPC Teen Nationals Heavyweight; 2014 NPC Collegiate Nationals Heavyweight, and Overall; and 2014 NPC Teen Nationals Heavyweight and Overall. The end result was the Texas resident (and former junior competitive golfer) becoming one of the youngest ever to turn pro at just 20 years old.
Some past NPC USA winners include: IFBB Pro JJ Marsh (1986), WBF/IFBB Pro Mike Quinn (1987), IFBB Pro John Defendis (1988), WBF/IFBB Pro Eddie Robinson (1989), IFBB Pro Mike Matarazzo (1991), IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler (1992), IFBB Pro Chris Cormier (1993), IFBB Pro Dennis Newman (1994), IFBB Pro Dennis James (1998), IFBB Pro Melvin Anthony (1999), IFBB Pro Bob Cicherillo (2000), IFBB Pro Mark Dugdale (2004), IFBB Pro Phil Heath (2005), IFBB Pro Brandon Curry (2008), IFBB Pro Jason Huh (2010), IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo (2011), and IFBB Pro Nick Trigili (2014).
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